Dadri killing: Rahul Gandhi too visits victim’s family


Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited Bisara village in Greater Noida and met the family members of a man who was lynched for allegedly eating beef.

Gandhi visited the village on the same day Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and other politicians met victim Akhlaq’s family members.

(Also read: Kejriwal meets Dadri victim’s family, calls lynching ‘unfortunate’)

Some locals protested sudden the upsurge in the number of visitors to the village, including politicians and media persons, since Monday night when the incident happened.

Kejriwal was initially stopped by the local administration and the police in view of simmering tension, before being allowed to meet the victim’s family.

(Also read: Politics over Dadri killing: Kejriwal stopped from entering village)

Commenting on Gandhi’s visit, Congress leader RPN Singh said, “I am proud that Rahul Gandhi is there in Dadri. He has raised his voice against such condemnable act.”

On Monday night, following rumours of cow slaughter, 50-year-old Akhlaq was killed by a mob in Greater Noida’s Bisara village just outside his house.

As tension gripped the village and also spread to nearby areas, another mob went on the rampage on Tuesday morning in Ooncha Amirpur, barely 5km from Bisara, demanding death penalty for those involved in cow slaughter.

District Magistrate MP Singh had claimed that the situation was under control and reasoned that the incident should be treated as a “solitary case” and not a communal clash as no other Muslim family was affected.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha also termed the lynching case as an “unfortunate incident” and added that his officers were in touch with the family.

Minister of home affairs of India also commented on Dadri incident saying:

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of deceased.

In another development, the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday arrested two main accused – Shivam and Vishal – in connection with the lynching.